Destination I Do
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Five Top Destinations to Honeymoon as Mr. & Mrs!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Lauren Rubino
Advice courtesy of CheapOair
Photos courtesy of Richard Klune – Portugal and Wong Heng Meng – Thailand

The other day I heard a story about how a couple was getting married and decided to honeymoon at the Grand Canyon. I thought, "Sure, that's ok. There are some nice places they could stay..." Hotels, let alone motels, I later found out, were not options. The two newlyweds were supposedly roughing it; a trip complete with tents, campfires and wildlife.

To be honest, that is not my idea of a romantic destination honeymoon. For some, this rugged trip may be a dream come true, but ladies, if you are with me (which I’m sure most of you are) and prefer something a little more luxurious, keep reading!

CheapOair, a top online booking website, compiled a list of their top honeymoon destinations for the year. Their choices are full of rich culture, romantic scenery, great weather and best of all, no tents.

So, if you and your fiancé are having a tough time pinpointing a honeymoon destination, these five hot-spots should surely inspire you and get you excited about your first trip together as Mr. And M

-Portugal – This country has it all, from a rich cultural aspect to amazing beaches and delectable cuisine. Take a cruise up the River Duoro, which takes about two days, where couples will experience the country’s most romantic country estates and manor houses while enjoying the local food and wines. Another recommended stop is the Vila de Regua, an 18th century castle with beautiful gardens. The weather in Portugal is warm year-round with the best times to visit between July and September.

-Curacao – We are letting the secret out; Curacao is one of the Caribbean’ most beautiful islands. Romance flows throughout the island with its secluded coves, white sand beaches, upscale resorts and international restaurants. Honeymooners don’t have to worry about wet weather; the island has virtually no rainy days, and an average temperature of 80 degrees.

-Thailand – Couple can cross items off their bucket lists with a honeymoon to Thailand. Zip line over rain forests, watch an elephant paint at the Patara Elephant Farm, get a world famous Thai massage or have dinner in bed at Bed Supperclub. The best time to visit is between November and February when couples will miss most of the rainy season and the temperatures are mild.

-St. Lucia – The Caribbean island has been a leading honeymoon destination for years. Beyond its natural beauty, St. Lucia is off the beaten path compared to other Caribbean islands, making it that much more special and alluring for those seeking a special getaway. The best time for a secret rendezvous is between December and May, when highs are in the 80’s and not yet into rainy season.

-Seychelles – A secluded paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is the perfect place to unwind after a wedding. There are a number of romantic reasons to honeymoon here; the island of Mahe, the collection of 188 archipelagos that make a heart, the overall collection of Seychelles islands are known as the islands of love and it is rumored that this area is the original site of the Garden of Eden. The islands have year-round beautiful weather but depending on a couple’s interest, different parts of the year may be better for visiting.

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